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Sabres Head To Long Island To Take On The Islanders Looking For 2 Important Points

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Last Game:

NY Islanders: Feb 3 at Senators Win(OT) 2-1

Buffalo: Feb 1 vs. NY Rangers Loss(SO) 1-0

Record:

NY Islanders: 21-22-7

Buffalo: 21-24-6

Points:

NY Islanders: 49

Buffalo: 48

Rank In Conference:

NY Islanders: 12th

Buffalo: 13th

Power Play Ranking:

NY Islanders: 20.0(5th)

Buffalo: 17.1(T-18th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

NY Islanders: 84.7(8th)

Buffalo: 81.6(20th)

Goals For:

NY Islanders: 119(T-25th)

Buffalo: 119(T-25th)

Goals Against:

NY Islanders: 144(T-20th)

Buffalo: 148(T-23rd)

Shots For:

NY Islanders: 1505(16th)

Buffalo: 1472(18th)

Shots Against:

NY Islanders: 1480(9th)

Buffalo: 1593(25th)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: 859(1st)

Buffalo: 650(25th)

Hits:

NY Islanders: 1149(15th)

Buffalo: 913(29th)

Faceoff Percentage:

NY Islanders: 48.3(26th)

Buffalo: 49.9(16th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

NY Islanders: Moulson(23), Tavares(22), Grabner(14), Okposo(12)

Buffalo: Vanek(19), Pominville(17), Adam(10), Roy(9)

Assists:

NY Islanders: Parenteau(36), Tavares(31), Streit(25), Moulson(23)

Buffalo: Pominville(30), Vanek(22), Roy(16), Stafford(15)

Points:

NY Islanders: Tavares(53), Parenteau(47), Moulson(46), Streit(28)

Buffalo: Pominville(47), Vanek(41), Roy(25), Stafford(23)

Plus/Minus:

NY Islanders: Moulson(+11), Tavares(+5), Hamonic(+4), Ullstrom and de Haan(+1)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+10), Gerbe(+2), Hecht(+1), Ennis, Szczechura, Whitmore, and Gaustad(EV)

Penalty Minutes:

NY Islanders: M. Martin(71), Hamonic(57), Parenteau(43), Staios(39)

Buffalo: Kaleta(64), Gaustad(63), McCormick(42), Vanek(40)

Shots:

NY Islanders: Tavares(187), Moulson(137), Grabner(116), Parenteau(108)

Buffalo: Pominville(139), Vanek(134), Stafford(130), Roy(107)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: A. Macdonald(116), Hamonic(112), Staios(86), Jurcina(77)

Buffalo: Regehr(68), Sekera(64), Leopold(62), Ehrhoff(53)

Hits:

NY Islanders: M. Martin(227), Hamonic(132), Jurcina(107), Parenteau(73)

Buffalo: Regehr(113), Gaustad(85), Kaleta(76), Weber(62)

Face-Off Wins:

NY Islanders: Tavares(500), Nielsen(338), Bailey(230), Reasoner(178)

Buffalo: Roy(410), Gaustad(386), Pominville(144), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

NY Islanders: Evgeni Nabokov 11-12-0 2.30 GAA .912 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 13-15-3 2.89 GAA .904 SV% 2 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Jan 14 Islanders Won 4-2

Season Series: Islanders Lead 2-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 71-55-22

All-Time at NYI: Islanders Lead 32-31-1

Islanders beat Senators 2-1 in OT

Mark Eaton scored his first goal in 121 games at 2:35 of overtime to give the New York Islanders a 2-1 victory against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on Friday night.

Eaton, playing in his 600th NHL game, makes his living keeping pucks out of his own net rather than putting them into the opposition’s goal. But he took a pass from fellow defenseman Milan Jurcina in the lower right circle and swept a backhander behind Craig Anderson for his first regular-season goal since Nov. 28, 2009, when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“He made a great play to me, and I found a way to put it in the net,” Eaton said of Jurcina’s pass, which led to the 34-year-old’s 24th goal in those 600 games.

Matt Martin also scored and PA Parenteau assisted on both goals for the Islanders, while Zack Smith had the lone goal for the Sens.

Anderson made 30 saves for the Senators but lost his fifth in a row. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 23 shots for New York, which has won five of seven.

Friday night’s game was the 1,500th in the Senators’ modern franchise history.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020762&navid=sb:recap

Rangers top Sabres 1-0 in shootout

Henrik Lundqvist spoiled the Buffalo Sabres’ homecoming.

The Sabres were playing at First Niagara Center for the first time in 19 days following a marathon seven-game road trip that ended with a 3-1 win at Montreal on Tuesday. But Lundqvist made 34 saves though 65 minutes and four more in the shootout to give the New York Rangers a 1-0 victory on Wednesday night.

Ryan Callahan’s wrister past Ryan Miller in the fifth round of the tiebreaker ended the game after Jason Pominville had kept Buffalo alive by beating Lundqvist to the stick side in the third round — matching the goal scored by New York’s Marian Gaborik on the Rangers’ first attempt.

“A couple times before have tried to deke, and haven’t been too lucky with that,” Callahan said of his past shootout attempts. “I know Miller is pretty quick down low so I tried to fake glove and go blocker, and it went in, thank God.”

Lundqvist made the best stop of the shootout when he robbed Brad Boyes in the second round. Boyes faked left and caught Lundqvist leaning before shifting to his right and trying to stuff the puck into the open side — only to have Lundqvist reach back with his glove and keep the puck out of the net.

The win gives the Rangers 69 points, putting them on top of the overall standings. Western Conference leader Detroit also has 69 points but has played two more games.

“It was draining, but I thought we stayed with it and battled through it,” Callahan said. “This team has been doing it all year like that, and this was a big two points for us — especially to win that way like we did.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020749&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

February 4, 1998 Sabres Acquire the Sand Man from Canucks for Brad May

On This Day 14 Years ago the Sabres traded Brad May to the Vancouver Canucks for Geoff Sanderson. Brad May was a fan favorite and played on one of the most popular teams in Sabres Hockey 1996-1997. In 429 games with the Sabres May accumulated 156 Points(67 G, 89 A) and 1,323 Penalty Minutes. The Sabres would get a key part for their playoff runs for the next couple of seasons with Geoff Sanderson. In 3 Seasons Sanderson would get 65 Points(29 G, 36 A). In 38 Playoff Games with the club Sanders would record 16 Points(7 G, 9 A). Sanderson would leave after the 1999-2000 Season and would join the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000-2001.

Injury Report:

NY Islanders: Katic Dislocated Left Shoulder(IR/Out), DiPietro Sports Hernia Surgery(IR/Out), Mottau Concussion(IR/Out), Reasoner Broken Right Hand(IR/Out)

Buffalo: Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Hecht Concussion(IR/Out) Brennan Concussion(IR/Out), Vanek Upper Body(Out), Stafford Flu(Probable), Ennis Flu(Probable)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 8 vs. Boston Bruins 7:30 PM(NBCS HD TSN2 HD)

Feb 10 vs. Dallas Stars 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 11 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 14 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 16 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG)

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